Festive make-up tutorial

With the festive season fast approaching and with lots of parties to attend, have you started to plan your outfits yet? If not, don’t fret there is still time. But how many of you out there find that too much partying can really throw your beauty routines out of sync? I personally find that if I am tired from all the partying my eyes are the first to suffer. Whether it is dark circles or just feeling dry and puffy, there is a solution! Thanks to the magic of make-up (hooray!) there are ways to brighten our eye area so we can keep on partying until the New Year.

Being an optical wearer it is so important to always keep this area looking fresh because it is the first area anyone will notice when looking at your face. For this blog post I will be sharing with you some of the tips I have picked up from various make-up artists and brands on how to give your eyes and skin a natural healthy glow so you always look fresh. It will help keep you ready to battle through this festive party season.

To achieve this look you will need…

  •  BB cream/ foundation (optional as I am not a fan of either myself)
  • Liquid eyeliner (2true from Superdrug)
  • A Sunkissed eye and bronzer palette (By Sunkissed)
  • Mascara (waterproof by Sleek and non-waterproof NYC at Superdrug)
  • H&M Bronzer
  • Benefit Benetint
  • Blusher (I want Candy at Superdrug)
  • Bronzer brush (From H&M)
  • Blusher brush (From Boots)
  • Eyeshadow brush (From Primark)
  • Highlight brush (From Primark)
  • Smokey eye brush (From H&M)
  • Glasses by Red or Dead

Step 1: Make sure your face is all washed, clean and grease free. Apply moisturiser as normal.

Step 2: If you wish to apply BB cream and foundation, now is the time to do so.

Step 3: Apply eye shadow with the eye shadow brush (use the lightest colour). Apply it lightly all the way up to your brow bones. The key is not to apply too much because it is supposed to give your eyes a gentle highlight.

Step 4: For this step a steady hand is needed. Grab the liquid eyeliner and start from the inner corner of your eyelid and slowly drag it across to the outer corner. Try to get it as close as you can to your eyelashes but don’t worry too much, we can fill it in once the line is drawn. If you wish to drag the line longer so it does a little flick at the edge then go for it. I like to keep mine neat within the corners of my eyes.

Step 5: Once the eyeliner is on, get the non-waterproof mascara and apply to your eyelashes from root to tip about 3-4 times depending on the thickness you want to achieve. After the 1st coat, make sure you wiggle the mascara brush from root to tip as you apply to avoid lashes clumping together. Always remember to look up when applying the mascara. It may be helpful to hold a handheld mirror when doing this.

Step 6: Time to let the non-waterproof mascara to dry so we will come back to the eyelashes in a moment with the waterproof mascara.

Step 7: Apply Benetint with your finger to the apples of your cheeks. If you are unsure where this is just smile and your cheekbones will naturally show. Apply enough to give a slight pink tint.

Step 8: Now, grab the bronzer brush, do a couple of quick circular motions on the palette. Using the same circular motions, apply to the apples of your cheeks and below. Repeat on the other side, but before putting the brush down, use the residue on your brush to quickly brush over your forehead, eye area and chin so it gently highlights your face without you looking too made up.

Step 9: Use the bronzer on the Sunkissed palette as a highlighter for your jawline. Dab just a tiny amount onto the highlight brush and start directly below the apple, nearest to your mouth first and do small circular motions towards the middle of your ear. Repeat on the other side.

Step 10: Go back to the eyelashes and apply the waterproof mascara. The reason we apply the non-waterproof mascara first is so it is easier to remove at the end of the night.

Step 11: Dab a tiny amount of blusher with the blusher brush and brush over the apples of your cheeks again where you applied the Benetint to give you nice rosy cheeks.

Step 12: Now to finish off with the eye shadow. Use whichever colour you wish from the Sunkissed eye shadow palette. A handy tip here is to use a colour that is close to that of your frames. So if you have a red frame, use the burgundy colour. Grab the smokey eye brush and using the small thin brush end dab a tiny amount of colour onto the brush. Brush very gently across the bottom of your eye and drag it to the outer corner where it meets the liquid eyeliner. This little trick is something even Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is a fan of. If you look at her X-factor make up she always has different colours under her eyes. This technique finishes the eyes off nicely especially when using a similar colour to your frames; it makes your eyes stand out even more.

The key to this look is to not overdo it and only apply a little. Less is more and it will give you a very natural look. The eye shadow helps brighten and open the eye area and with the help of the bronzer really lifts the whole look.

Now it is just a matter of picking the perfect party outfit and of course the perfect frames to complete the look!

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For more eyewear tips, head to Siu’s blog.

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